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Business Planning

  • Break-Even Method of Investment Analysis
    Paul H. Gutierrez and Norman L. Dalsted, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, September 1992

    Break-even analysis is a useful tool to study the relationship between fixed costs, variable costs and returns for investment decisions.
  • Business Planning -- A Roadmap for Success
    Montana State University Extension Service

    This spreadsheet prepares a beginning balance sheet by entering their information into schedules. The schedule information is then transferred to a balance sheet automatically. This program can be used by itself or in conjunction with BSEND, CASHFLOW, OWNREQTY, and RATIOS. Other software versions are available at:
  • Business Plans Are More Important Now Than Ever
    Jenni Jeras, Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, 1995

    Small business owners who need financing are smart to do their homework, and that includes creating a comprehensive business plan.
  • Economic Analysis of a New Business -- Doing it Right
    Donald Erickson, Kansas State University Research & Extension, April 1996

    Starting a new business involves many steps. The first is to develop an economic analysis to determine whether there will be a profit or loss before starting production.
  • Five Strategies for Extending Machinery Life
    Robert D. Grisso and Steven R. Melvin, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, September 1995

    Machinery ownership and operation is a major crop and livestock production cost. Several items combined can significantly affect costs, improve machine reliability and improve profit margins.
  • IRM Learning Teams
    Harlan Hughes and Chris Bastian, North Dakota State University, 1996

    The objective of this fact sheet is discuss the role that Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Learning Teams can play in helping beef farmers and ranchers formulate a management action plan designed specifically for the current tough times.
  • Leasing vs. Buying Farm Machinery
    Richard Edwards, Danny Klinefelter and Dean McCorkle, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, May 1998

    Equipment leasing has gained favor with farmers and ranchers in recent years. Leasing often can be advantageous, but one must understand how leases work and how to compare the costs of leasing and buying.
  • Leasing vs. Buying Farm Machinery (Curriculum Guide)
    Texas Agricultural Extension Service, May 1998

    Goals and objectives: (1) understand the difference in the concepts of control of equipment through purchasing, and leasing; (2) understand the terminology of purchasing and leasing; (3) understand methods of comparing the costs associated with purchasing and leasing and how these costs are derived; and (4) develop a net after tax cash flow table to determine the least cost alternative for meeting their machinery input needs.
  • Partial Budget Form
    Paul H. Gutierrez and Norman L. Dalsted, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, September 1992

    Many changes that do not require a complete reorganization are possible on a farm or ranch. Partial budgets are useful in evaluating these types of changes.
  • Partial Budgeting
    Norman L. Dalsted and Paul H. Gutierrez, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, September 1992

    By employing budget principles, a manager can compare costs and returns of alternative plans for a farm or ranch. A partial budget helps managers evaluate the economic effect of minor adjustments in some portion of the business.
  • Should I Sell My Cow Herd?
    Tim Cross, University of Tennessee, 1996

    This fact sheet can’t make that decision for you, but it can help you determine the benefits and costs of a herd liquidation.
  • Strategic Risk Management
    John P. Hewlett, University of Wyoming, November 1998

    Managing a farm or ranch in today's world is not easy. Changing federal, state, and other regulations pull the manager first one way, then another.
  • Using A Partial Budget To Analyze Changes in Your Farm Operation
    Trent Teegerstrom, Arizona State University Cooperative Extension, January 2001

    When considering making a change in your business, you need to estimate how that change will affect your net income. What will be the impact on your financial performance? A partial budget can help answer this question.


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